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Bristol City of Sanctuary Launch

This film is of the official launch of Bristol as a City of Sanctuary on the 22nd of June 2011. It was a fantastic day celebrating a multicultural Bristol, and consisted of a civic launch at Bristol City Council Hall and a promenade performance at the Bristol Cathedral. You can access it here.

Bristol City of Sanctuary: A declaration of a long tradition of welcome

This film produced by Zimmark Producation for Bristol City of Sanctuary Group showcase some of the work being done, as well as inspiring others to do more work which help to make Bristol a which welcomes and provide safety for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. You can access it here.

The Climate and Our Community

On Human Rights Day last year, 10th December 2019, Bristol (UK) held a first of its kind city-wide event on climate-induced migration, called The Climate & Our Community. The day intended to be a space for learning and exchange, with an emphasis of participation of community members and leaders from diverse backgrounds. Stories from individuals and refugees with experience of climate impacts set the tone of the day. Citizens of Bristol were given the chance to collectively explore the topics of climate change and migration and what this means in terms of community values. You can access the promotional video here.

Summer Teach Outs 2021

As part of our summer of celebrations to mark the 10 year anniversary of Bristol being launched as a City of Sanctuary, we organised a series of ‘Teach Outs’ to continue the conversations about some of the issues that impact those seeking sanctuary and wider communities wanting to welcome people to our city.

The first in our series was ‘Climate Change and Forced Displacement’. We were joined by Yumna Kamel from Earth Refuge and Helen Kidan from Bristol Hospitality network. You can watch the discussion here. 

The third in our series was ‘The Nationality and Borders Bill’. We were joined by Jo Benefield from Bristol Defend Asylum Seekers Campaign and Mia Barlow from Safe Passage International. You can watch the discussion here

A Message of Welcome From Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol has recorded a message of welcome for people moving to our city. In it, he champions the diversity of Bristol and the immense contribution newcomers make to building our city. You can view the video below.

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